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Food Fun

by Kathleen Costa


Karma has returned to Colwestern, New York, and Catherine Bruns is brilliant at putting it center stage! This fifth book in her Cookies & Chance Mystery series finds Sally Donovan (finally married to Mike) and Josie Sullivan (her BFF and head baker at Sally’s Samples) being invited to be guests on Someone’s in the Kitchen with Donna, a popular show on the Food Network.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Kings River Life’s The Great Food Search sends me (and sometimes my family and/or friends) eating across the San Joaquin Valley. In 2017, the series featured a baker’s dozen (that’s 13) of eating establishments featuring from tamales to killer burgers, from quesadillas to Tandoori pizzas. It was quite a year, and now I am asked to choose my favorites? Oh, the horror!

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by staff


The food truck industry is booming, and of course, you can learn a lot from others who are successful in the food truck business.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Winnie Archer


It took the death of her mother to finally bring Ivy Culpepper back to Santa Sofia, California, but that tragedy led to her finally feeling she was home. A professional photographer, Ivy has also found delight working in the Yeast of Eden bakery, under the tutelage of master magical baker Olaya Solis.

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New Year Mystery Catchup!

IN THE January 6 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andCynthia Chow,
andFood Fun,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andPets,
andSandra Murphy
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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



We are catching up on some reviews for your beginning of the new year reading-“A Crime of Poison” A Silver Six Crafting Mystery by Nancy Haddock, “A Late Frost” An Orchard series by Sheila Connolly, “Etched in Tears” A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery by Cheryl Hollon,“Stay Calm and Collie On” A Pet Palace Mystery by Lane Stone and “That Olde White Magick” An Abracadabra Mystery by Sharon Pape.

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The Soup Quest

IN THE January 6 ISSUE

FROM THE 2018 Articles,
andHealthy Eating in the Valley,
andTom Sims
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by Tom Sims



Sometimes, I eat alone. When I do so, my options are broader, brighter, and easier. But I do not always eat alone. When I eat with others, it is not necessary for my health that I eat. I have other ways of getting nutrition, but it is more pleasant and more of a celebration if I can order and savor something from the menu.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Sandra Murphy



This week we have 5 more food mysteries for your Christmas enjoyment-A Deadly Éclair: A French Bistro Mystery by Daryl Wood Gerber, Blackberry Burial: A Berry Basket Mystery by Sharon Farrow, Honey-Baked Homicide: A Down South Café Mystery by Gayle Leeson, Potions and Pastries: A Magical Bakery Mystery by Bailey Cates, and Running Out of Time: A Dodie O’Dell Mystery by Suzanne Trauth.

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by Sandra Murphy



Piper Prescott is attracted to Sheriff Wyatt McBride. They got off on the wrong foot in previous encounters, but the last year has shown some promise. At least until Wyatt was spotted having dinner or sharing chili cheese fries with the town’s leading realtor, Shirley Randolph. Rumors are flying that the two are an intimate couple, putting a damper on any hope of a relationship for Piper.

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by Kathleen Costa



H.Y. Hanna’s Oxford Tearoom Mystery is my all-time favorite! Starting in January 2016, A Scone to Die For introduced Gemma Rose, who after quitting her high paying job in Sydney, returns to Meadowford-on-Smythe, England, to open the traditional and quaint Little Stables Tearoom with her BFF.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Tonya Kappes


Tonya Kappes has penned one of my favorite series ‘percolating’ lots of fun. The Killer Coffee Mystery follows Roxanne ‘Roxie’ Bloom who, after a not-so-amicable divorce, has moved back to Honey Springs, Kentucky, to open up The Bean Hive, the town’s first coffeehouse. First published in January 2017, Scene of the Grind has Roxie being adopted by her new Schnauzer Pepper and rekindling her relationship with former summer sweetheart Patrick Cane.

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by Kathleen Costa



Karoline Barrett is the author of a popular three-book cozy mystery series, the Bread and Batter Mystery, introducing Molly Tyler and Olivia Williams, best friends and co-owners of the Bread and Batter Bakery set in Destiny, New York. First published in 2015 with Bun for Your Life, the BFF team find themselves in the middle of an argument over a prime booth location at the Apple Harvest Festival which leads to Molly being labeled the prime suspect in a murder.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Sarah Fox



Again, I was so excited to have the opportunity to read the newest release in Sarah Fox’s Pancake House Mystery series cleverly titled, Of Spice and Men, and totally entertained revisiting the well-developed and sometimes quirky characters (even the fur friends), and being absorbed in another engaging mystery. This time Sarah has a Hollywood-twist with a movie crew invading Wildwood Cove set to remake a cult favorite horror film.

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by Summer Prescott


This week we have something extra special-below you will find out about a special boxed set of Christmas ebooks and a way to help out shelter pets over the holidays. And then Summer Prescott shares a fun guest post about the various books called A Day in the Life of the Characters in 12 Slays of Christmas. Details at the end of this post on how to enter to win an ebook copy of the boxed set, a copy of the companion cookbook, The 12 Slays of Christmas Cookbook, a surprise ebook from each of the authors, and a handpainted scarf!

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


One of the library branches where I work is the Sunnyside Regional Library at E. Kings Canyon Rd. and Clovis Avenue in Fresno. In that shopping center, a change was made this year. Sunnyside Pizza was out, and something new was in the wind…Chicago’s Pizza With A Twist.

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